Applied Learning Disability Specialist (LDGC)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Description

This graduate certificate program is designed to build upon existing knowledge in the field of education for professionals interested in working with students with learning disabilities. The focus will be on developing a thorough understanding of the impact of learning disabilities, including the social-emotional impacts. Co-existing conditions are also explored including mental illness, non-verbal learning practical program with specific courses related to the development of learning strategies and applications in addition to utilizing assistive technology designed to support learners with specific learning disabilities.

This program will attract educators and educational assistants at all levels. Graduates will benefit from an increased understanding of learners with learning disabilities and advance their knowledge of applied learning strategies and assistive technologies. In the postsecondary field, professors, learning strategists, assistive technologists and other staff will build on their existing knowledge and develop skills specific to working with students with learning disabilities.

Delivery Format

Part-time: Internet

Register

Employment Opportunities

This graduate certificate will provide educators at every level with increased opportunities in the field of education. Graduates may find employment in elementary and secondary schools as well as in postsecondary institutions and within agencies that provide support to persons with learning disabilities.

Admission Requirements

Graduate of a recognized two- or three-year postsecondary program.

How to Apply

Contact Continuing Education at (705) 566-8101, extension 7373 or email: continuing@cambriancollege.ca

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Fees are charged per course and will vary accordingly.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Fees are charged per course according to current international rates and will vary accordingly.

Course Descriptions

  • GIC1155- 002 – Understanding Learning Disabilities
    In this course, students will obtain an introductory understanding of learning disabilities. A variety of definitions of learning disabilities will be reviewed. Participants will gain an appreciation of the academic, social, emotional, behavioural and vocational impact. Psychological processing difficulties will be discussed in relation to their impact on learning. Participants will utilize psychological assessments to create learning profiles of student strengths and difficulties which can be used to guide the selection of effective accommodations and learning strategies.
  • GIC1156- 002 – Legal Foundations
    In this course, students will develop an understanding of the laws that affect persons with learning disabilities in Canadian society with an emphasis on Human Rights Law. The Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disability Act will also be explored. Participants will be exposed to activities to develop the skills and attitudes that will promote successful interventions to develop self advocacy skills in youth or adults.
  • GIC1157- 002 – Introduction to Assistive Technology
    In this course, students will be introduced to some assistive technology software and hardware and develop competency in their application with students with LD. Participants will be introduced to one of: textHELP!, Read and Write, Kurzweil 3000 , Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred, along with other “”low tech”” products that are available for students with learning disabilities.
  • GIC1158- 002 – Introduction to Learning Strategies
    In this course, students will build on their knowledge of how youth and adults learn and cover the theoretical and conceptual frameworks underpinning the development and delivery of learning strategies for students with learning disabilities. Relevant research and useful resources will be examined.
  • GIC1159- 002 – Professionalism & Ethical Practices
    In this course, students will investigate assisting adults with disabilities. This task carries an ethical commitment that extends to every aspect of disability service providers including assistive technologists and learning strategists. In addition, this service area is evolving into a professional group providing distinctly specialized services. Students will review and assess proposed standards of professionalism and a code of ethics that will continue to be refined by service providers. The discussion will include an investigation into the legal responsibility associated with ethical practice.
  • AST1000- 002 – Text to Speech
    In this course, students will build on the established computer knowledge of participants to further develop competence in the selection, installation, and use of text to speech software. While the software recommended is textHELP Read and Write and Kurzweil 3000, other software will be explored. Participants will learn to identify the sources of text to speech software, develop competence in the installation, troubleshooting and operation of text to speech software packages, use the Planning for Success Excel spreadsheet with a student with learning disabilities to determine the appropriateness of this intervention, and become more proficient in training students with learning disabilities in the use of the equipment.
  • LST1000- 002 – Learning Strategies – Academic
    In this course, students will continue to explore a variety of learning strategies which can assist students with learning disabilities to more effectively cope with their academic challenges. Course participants will learn to apply specific strategies in the areas of reading, written expression, mathematics, and test anxiety/test taking. Course participants will be required to interact with learner volunteers.
  • AST1010- 002 – Voice Recognition Software
    In this course, students will build on established computer competencies. The participant will be prepared to develop competencies in the selection, installation, and use of voice recognition software. Participants will learn to identify the sources of voice recognition software, to develop competencies in the installation, troubleshooting, and operation of a software package, be able to use the Planning for Success questionnaire to determine the appropriateness of this intervention, and become more proficient in training students with learning disabilities in the use of the software.
  • LST1020- 002 – Learning Strategies – Efficiency
    In this course, students will continue to explore a variety of learning strategies which can assist students with learning disabilities to become more effective learners. Course participants will learn to apply specific strategies in the areas of memory, time management/organization, note taking and study skills. Participants will be required to interact with volunteer learners.
  • AST1005- 002 – Advanced Assistive Technology
    In this course, students will evaluateĀ  different types of assistive technologies (AT) that go beyond the typical text to speech and voice recognition software programs. Participants will also evaluate several technology assessment tools in order to match a student with learning disabilities – unique learning needs to appropriate technology. Participants will use the Planning for Success student questionnaire to determine the appropriateness of this intervention. Finally, participants will develop handouts and training resources to use with students with learning disabilities (LD) and train a student with LD how to use an AT device.
  • AST1020- 002 – Integrating A.T. with L.S.
    In this course, students will build on the participant’s knowledge of learning strategies, learning disabilities, and assistive technology. The learner will apply concepts and knowledge gained with the understanding and methodology to integrate assistive technology with learning strategy methodologies.
  • LST1010- 002 – Learning Applications of A.T.
    In this course, students will build on the participant’s knowledge of learning disabilities, learning strategies, and assistive technology. Students will learn how to enhance learning strategies by combining these with appropriate assistive technologies and to apply them to academic learning and/or vocational activities. Participants will be required to interact with student volunteers.
  • LDS1000- 002 – Accommodations for Students with L.D.
    In this course, students will be introduced to the most commonly accepted accommodations in educational settings to support learners with learning disabilities. Accommodations described will include academic, test taking as well as other solutions in service provision. The laws and policies guiding the provision of educational accommodations will also be presented. Universal instructional design for learning will be described in relation to the accommodation process.
  • LDS1001- 002 – L.D. and Mental Health
    In this course, students will deepen their understanding of the characteristics, impact, treatment and support options for students who have both learning disabilities and mental health disorders.
  • LDS1002- 002 – Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
    In this course, students will explore the definition, characteristics, and impact on academics and social interactions for students will Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the overlapping characteristics and support strategies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Social skills programs, strategies, assistive technology, and accommodations for assisting these students will be examined.
  • LDS1003- 002 – Transition Issues for Students with LD
    In this course, students will investigate issues that students with learning disabilities (LD) face when they transition from school to school or to the work force. Participants will also create a learner profile for a student with a learning disability and develop a transition plan that student. Finally, participants will have the option to carry out the transition plan or to develop training materials for other educators to teach them how to develop transition plans for students with LD.
  • GIC1161- 002 – ADHD and LD
    In this course, students will explore the definition, characteristics, and impact on academics and employment for students with co-existing ADHD and LD. Strategies and accommodations for assisting these students will be discussed.
  • GIC1162- 002 – Developing & Delivery Workshops
    In this course, students will develop skills to design and deliver workshops. Workshops are popular methods of information delivery and can be very effective with the topics of assistive technology, learning strategies, and learning disabilities in general. Participants will develop an understanding of the unique needs of learners with learning disabilities in a workshop setting in order to promote effective learning.
  • AST1030- 002 – Applied Study – Assistive Technology
    In this course, students will consolidate experience and learning in a practicum supervised by an experienced practitioner in assistive technology and students with learning disabilities. Please note – students must have completed all of the courses in the program BEFORE this one.
  • LST1030- 002 – Applied Study – Learning Strategies
    In this course, students will consolidate experience and learning in a practicum supervised by an experienced practitioner in learning strategies, working with students with learning disabilities. **Students must take all other courses in this program before this course.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian’s programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.